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The Best Time Travel Movies

Updated October 11, 2019 50.4k votes 4.9k voters 225.4k views94 items

List RulesVote for your personal favorite Time travel films, regardless of how popular or successful they were at the box office.

If you're looking for the best time travel movies of all time, look no further. This list contains some great films about time traveling, many of which are streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime, and can be sorted by cast, year, director and more, depending on what you're interested in. This list contains the best time travel movies ever made, as voted on by fans of the films, and you can click on the movie titles within this list for more information about the film

The films on this list cover the most famous time travel movies of all time and are voted on by people who really care about time travel movie lists, and it’s sorted from best to worst, so vote for your favorite movies to help move them to the top of the list. You can also re-rank this list as your own, re-ordering it to what you think it should be, then share it on Facebook, Tumblr, or Twitter.

If you don't like The Terminator or time travel comedies like Back to the Future, then vote them down -- otherwise, vote your faves up to help them move to the top of the list. And if we missed any time travel movies, please add them yourself, as this is an open list, which means you can add any movies whenever you like (but remember, choices are subject to moderation).

Whether you're at home and want to watch these time travel movies online, or perhaps you’d like to time travel yourself and rent them on DVD -- either way, this is a list of good time travel movies ranked from best to worst to help you decide what to watch! And after you crush all the time travel movies on this list, you might want to move onto our list of time loop movies and time travel TV shows!

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  • 1
    Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Time Travel Movies
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    Back to the Future

    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd

    Released1985

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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    The Terminator is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Time Travel Movies
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    The Terminator

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton

    Released1984

    Directed byJames Cameron

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    Terminator 2: Judgment Day is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Time Travel Movies
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    Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong

    Released1991

    Directed byJames Cameron

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  • 4
    Back to the Future Part II is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Time Travel Movies
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    Back to the Future Part II

    Clint Eastwood, Michael J. Fox

    Released1989

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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  • 5
    Groundhog Day is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Time Travel Movies
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    Groundhog Day

    Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell

    Released1993

    Directed byHarold Ramis

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  • 6
    12 Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Time Travel Movies
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    12 Monkeys

    Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis

    Released1995

    Directed byTerry Gilliam

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  • 7
    Bill & Ted's Excellent Adv is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Time Travel Movies
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    Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

    Keanu Reeves, George Carlin

    Released1989

    Directed byStephen Herek

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  • 8
    Back to the Future Part III is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Time Travel Movies
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    Back to the Future Part III

    Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue

    Released1990

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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  • 9
    Edge of Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Time Travel Movies
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    Edge of Tomorrow

    Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt

    Released2014

    Directed byDoug Liman

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  • 10
    Planet of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Time Travel Movies
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    Planet of the Apes

    Charlton Heston, Linda Harrison

    Released1968

    Directed byFranklin J. Schaffner

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  • 11
    Frequency is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Time Travel Movies
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    Frequency

    Jim Caviezel, Elizabeth Mitchell

    Released2000

    Directed byGregory Hoblit

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  • 12
    X-Men: Days of Future Past is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Time Travel Movies
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    X-Men: Days of Future Past

    Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry

    Released2014

    Directed byBryan Singer

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  • 13
    Interstellar is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Time Travel Movies
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    Interstellar

    Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey

    Released2014

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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  • 14
    The Time Machine is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Time Travel Movies
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    The Time Machine

    Yvette Mimieux, Rod Taylor

    Released1960

    Directed byGeorge Pal

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  • 15
    Minority Report is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Time Travel Movies
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    Minority Report

    Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise

    Released2002

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • 16
    Looper is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Time Travel Movies
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    Looper

    Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt

    Released2012

    Directed byRian Johnson

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    The Butterfly Effect is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Time Travel Movies
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    The Butterfly Effect

    Ashton Kutcher, Amy Smart

    Released2004

    Directed byJ. Mackye Gruber, Eric Bress

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  • 18
    Star Trek is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Time Travel Movies
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    Star Trek

    Zoe Saldana, Jennifer Morrison

    Released2009

    Directed byJ.J. Abrams

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  • 19
    It's a Wonderful Life is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Time Travel Movies
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    It's a Wonderful Life

    James Stewart, Donna Reed

    Released1946

    Directed byFrank Capra

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    Avengers: Endgame is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Time Travel Movies
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    Avengers: Endgame

    Robert Downey Jr, Josh Brolin

    Released2019

    Directed byAnthony Russo, Joe Russo

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    The Time Machine is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Time Travel Movies
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    The Time Machine

    Jeremy Irons, Guy Pearce

    Released2002

    Directed bySimon Wells

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  • 22
    Galaxy Quest is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Time Travel Movies
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    Galaxy Quest

    Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman

    Released1999

    Directed byDean Parisot

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    Star Trek: First Contact is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Time Travel Movies
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    Star Trek: First Contact

    Patrick Stewart, James Cromwell

    Released1996

    Directed byJonathan Frakes

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  • 24
    Donnie Darko is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Time Travel Movies
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    Donnie Darko

    Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale

    Released2001

    Directed byRichard Kelly

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    Timecop is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Time Travel Movies
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    Timecop

    Jean-Claude Van Damme, Mia Sara

    Released1994

    Directed byPeter Hyams

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